PV solar array

Cradle of World Oil Supply, Middle East Embracing Solar Energy

  The solar photovoltaic revolution has its deepest roots in Europe, the United States, Australia, and Japan. These are the places where many of the key technological advances in the PV industry have occurred, and they are also the places where solar power adoption initially took off. But the world of solar is changing fast, and the world of energy…

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Global Temperatures keep rising into record territories. How much more before we take decisive action?

Feeling the Heat from Global Temperature Records

A large and growing body of evidence reveals that the Earth is getting warmer. Month after month, year after year, we are seeing above average global temperature records. Heat waves are smashing records all around the world. July 2015 was no exception even by the standards of a warming world. July is traditionally the hottest month of the calendar year,…

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Shelter from the storm. The World Bank reports progress from the Clean Investment Funds in protecting the world's most vulnerable nations from climate change

World Bank Touts Achievements of Clean Investment Funds

Those least responsible for the greenhouse gas emissions that continue to accumulate in the atmosphere are and will continue to be hit hardest by a warming global climate. They’re also the least capable of coping with it. A recently released video from the World Bank (see below) highlights the progress being made as a result of the activities of UN Climate…

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French government proposes law to reduce nuclear power by 25 percent

France Poised to Turn Away from Nuclear to Renewables

France’s National Assembly is poised to pass a new energy law that will transform the French power industry and the way electricity is produced, distributed and consumed. Up for a vote Wednesday, July 22, the new law calls for nuclear power to meet 50 percent of electricity needs by around 2025, which would be 25 percent less than a current…

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Arctic Sunset

Politics of a Warming Arctic

The front line of climate change and the politics of a warming Arctic – It was just a little over 100 years ago that Robert Peary’s expedition first reached the north pole – or at least very close. In 1991 eight “arctic nations” signed the Arctic Environmental Protection Strategy (AEPS), including Canada, the United States, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and…

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Drought, Climate Change Exacts Heavy Toll In Central America

From Panama on up, the greenhouse effect and the onset of El Niño is leading to more in the way of drought and extreme variability in weather patterns. Drought across El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua displaced some 2 million rural residents, mostly smallholder farmers and their families this year. In Panama, rainfall this spring has set a new record low and residents have been coping with a heat wave.

Our Common Future Under Climate Change

Our Common Future Under Climate Change: The Challenge and Opportunity

Living in a post-carbon world – The largest international scientific meeting on climate change concluded this week in Paris, reinforcing the idea that 2015 is a crossroads for action on global warming. The international conference Our Common Future Under Climate Change (CFCC15) included 2000 scientists from nearly 100 countries discussing a large breadth of interests and disciplines. A total of 165 session over…

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